April 30, 2010 in Business

Region saw slighter dip in taxable sales

By The Spokesman-Review

Taxable retail sales in Washington fell 11.2 percent in 2009, but the decreases for the city of Spokane and Spokane County were less severe.

Statewide sales sank to $100.5 billion, with the retail sales component retreating 7.2 percent to $44.9 billion. Retail sales exclude services and construction, which tumbled 24.1 percent with the downturn in housing.

In Spokane, taxable retail sales fell 5.2 percent to $3.7 billion, and retail trade fell 4.1 percent to $1.8 billion. Taxable retail in the county slipped 7.2 percent to $6.8 billion, and retail trade dropped 6.1 percent to $3.4 billion.

Sales in the state’s four other most populous counties – King, Pierce, Snohomish and Clark – fell more than 10 percent.

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